Our Chocolate Cherry Christmas Pudding is a delicious twist on the traditional Christmas pudding and a true holiday treat. The combination of decadent dark chocolate and juicy cherries creates a delicious explosion of flavor. To complete this treat, we serve it with a velvety, rich brandy sauce that will take your taste buds to new levels. And to add a touch of luxury to this delicious dessert, a generous dollop of creamy double cream tops off this delicious dessert. This pudding is the perfect end to any Christmas celebration and is guaranteed to leave your guests wanting more.
- 200g frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed, plus additional cherries, left whole, to decorate the pudding
- 1 conference bulb
- 100g raisins
- 100g sultanas
- 100 ml brandy
- 100g bar of dark chocolate
- 100g unsalted butter, plus 2 tbsp for greasing
- 2 large eggs
- 50g plain flour
- 100g dark, soft brown sugar
- 1 tsp spice mix
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 50g fresh breadcrumbs
- 100g bar of dark chocolate
- 120 ml double cream, plus a little cream for serving
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 3 tbsp brandy (optional)
This pudding can be made up to two months in advance.
Are you planning on giving this festive pudding as a gift? Wrap it in a festive tea towel tied with string or ribbon, then write the sauce instructions on a pretty label or print out our handy ready-made dish Gift tags.
- Drain the cherries in a colander over a bowl.
- Halve the cherries.
- Peel the pear and then grate it coarsely.
- In a large bowl, combine the cherries, pear, raisins, sultanas and brandy.
- Stir the mixture well and cover with cling film.
- Heat the mixture in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.
- Allow the fruit to cool for 5 minutes to plump up.
- Break the chocolate into squares.
- Mix the chocolate and butter into the hot fruit and stir until melted.
- Allow the mixture to cool, uncovered, for about 15 minutes.
- Rub the inside of a 1-quart pudding bowl with 1 tablespoon butter.
- Place two layers of foil on top of each other and brush the top layer with butter.
- Fold a 3cm fold across the center of the foil and set aside.
- Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
- Sift the flour, sugar, spice mix and cocoa powder over the chocolate fruit.
- Add breadcrumbs, eggs and 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir everything together with a wooden spoon.
- Transfer the mixture to the buttered bowl.
- Cover the pudding with the buttered foil (butter side down) and spread it over the edge of the bowl.
- Tie the string tightly under the edge of the pool, forming a string handle.
- Cut the foil and neatly tuck the ruffle up and down to waterproof the pudding.
- Place a heatproof saucer in a very large pot and place the pudding bowl on top.
- Pour in freshly boiled water halfway up the basin.
- Cover the pan and steam the pudding for 2 1/2 hours.
- Test whether the pudding is done by inserting a skewer through the foil.
- If there is still wet mixture, steam for another 15 minutes and check again.
- The pan should simmer rather than boil heavily.
- Refill the water level as needed during cooking.
- To store, let the pudding cool and leave to ripen in a cool, dark place without unwrapping the foil.
- To reheat, steam the pudding in a pan for 30 minutes.
- Alternatively, microwave on medium for 5 minutes, removing the foil and covering with cling film instead.
- For the sauce, break the chocolate into squares.
- In a small pan, carefully heat all the sauce ingredients and stir until smooth.
- Serve the pudding with the remaining cherries, the sauce and a dollop of cream.
Equipment and tools
To make this Chocolate Cherry Christmas Pudding you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- pudding mold
- Steamer or large pot with lid
- Measuring cups and spoons
- parchment paper
- Kitchen cord
This Chocolate Cherry Christmas Pudding contains the following allergens:
- Dairy products (butter, cream)
- Gluten (flour, breadcrumbs)
Please be sure to note whether you or your guests have allergies to these ingredients.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers or want to make this pudding in advance, here are some storage tips:
- This pudding can be made up to two months in advance. After it has completely cooled, wrap it tightly in foil and store in a cool, dry place.
- If you have any pudding left over, let it cool completely before wrapping it in foil and storing it in the fridge. It will last up to 1 week.
- To reheat the pudding, steam it for 2-3 hours or until warmed through. Alternatively, microwave individual portions for a few seconds until warm.
- Serve the pudding with extra double cream and a drizzle of warm chocolate sauce for a delicious dessert.
Health Benefits of Chocolate and Cherry Christmas Pudding
Christmas is a time for indulging in delicious treats, and one classic dessert that’s always included is the rich and decadent Chocolate Cherry Christmas Pudding. Not only does this festive dessert satisfy your craving for something sweet and comforting, but it also offers surprising health benefits.
1. Antioxidant-rich dark sweet cherries
The recipe contains 200g of frozen dark sweet cherries, which are a fantastic source of antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect your body from the damaging effects of free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Cherries are also rich in vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system.
2. Pear for extra fiber
The pudding contains a conference pear, which gives it a touch of sweetness and is an excellent source of fiber. Fiber is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and can help prevent constipation. It also promotes satiety, which can be helpful in weight control.
3. Mood-boosting dark chocolate
The Chocolate & Cherry Christmas Pudding contains not one, but two bars of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is known to have mood-enhancing properties due to its content of compounds such as phenylethylamine and serotonin. These compounds can stimulate the release of endorphins and promote feelings of happiness and relaxation.
4. Nutrient-rich ingredients
The recipe also includes ingredients such as raisins, sultanas, cocoa powder and eggs, all of which contribute to the pudding’s nutritional value. Raisins and sultanas provide natural sweetness and are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants and may have various health benefits, including improving heart health and reducing inflammation. Eggs are an excellent source of proteins, important vitamins and minerals.
5. Mindfulness and enjoyment
Finally, enjoying a chocolate cherry Christmas pudding can promote mindfulness and enjoyment during the holidays. Taking the time to savor each bite and savor the flavors can enhance the dining experience and contribute to overall well-being.
So when you enjoy your chocolate cherry Christmas pudding this festive season, you can rest assured that it will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide some surprising health benefits. Remember to enjoy it in moderation and savor every delicious spoonful!